Shortly after a little-known cardinal from Poland was elected spiritual head of the Catholic Church in 1978, Rabbi Arthur Schneier received a call from a network television correspondent asking for comment. The correspondent, who “equated Poles with anti-Semitism,” assumed that Rabbi Schneier, a Holocaust survivor and president of the Manhattan-based Appeal of Conscience Foundation, an ecumenical human rights organization, would comment negatively on the new pope, the rabbi recalls.
Last week, a rare manuscript of one of Maimonides’ major works returned from an exhibition in Germany to its home in the Vatican Library. According to the library’s procedures, two years must pass before one of its loaned artifacts is allowed outside again.
In September, the Maimonides manuscript, written by a scribe in the 15th century, will go on display in Jerusalem.
Benyamin Cantz spent his recent days pruning a mountainside vineyard in central California, in the middle of a redwood forest overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
At the same time, Rabbi Shmuel Simenowitz was opening trails in southern Vermont, chain saw in hand, in a maple forest near the Massachusetts border.
If you want to make a l’chaim at some major Orthodox synagogues around New York, you’ll have to wait until after services for kiddush.
The shuls have banned kiddush clubs.
This comes following the recent decision of the Orthodox Union’s board of directors to encourage its member congregations to discontinue the informal drinking clubs that draw congregants from Saturday morning during services.
The Westchester Jewish community this week praised a $100,000 settlement between a New Jersey real estate developer and the state attorney general that will create a memorial in Yonkers at the site of a shopping center garage built over an abandoned Jewish cemetery.
According to the agreement announced Monday by Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the state will use the settlement to erect a memorial to the Congregation of the People of Righteousness cemetery near the Costco and Home Depot along the state Thruway.
In a test case that will likely increase international pressure on Poland to return billions of dollars of property seized from Jews by the Nazis during World War II and nationalized by the communists after the war, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor is expected to file suit before the European Court of Human Rights in the next few weeks, The Jewish Week has learned.
A New York-based not-for-profit law firm is preparing the case on behalf of Henryk Pikielny, who now lives in Paris.
Some l’chaims. A few speeches. A little dancing.
The ceremony for the opening of an afternoon drop-in center for Russian Jews yesterday at the Young Israel of Brighton Beach seemed ordinary.
Only one thing was extraordinary. Chamah, the independent cultural and educational organization that is sponsoring the new Russian Club, suffered a fire that destroyed its international headquarters in Lower Manhattan barely two months ago.
Under the silent gaze of his grandparents, Orthodox Jews from Hungary preserved in sepia on his living room wall in Park Slope, Andrew Mark lay dying last year.
He was suffering from cancer of the liver and colon, which had spread to the lymphatic system.
A sofa bed was set up in the living room. Andrew’s last days would be spent there, cared for by Marion, his wife of 50 years, comforted by their son and daughter, visited weekly by a rabbi and social worker from the Jewish Hospice of Greater New York.
Rabbi Zev Segal, a Russian-born scholar who served at a Newark pulpit for 33 years, as a communal leader and as a consultant to political leaders and chasidic rebbes, died March 5, the result of an accidental drowning.
The rabbi, a Manhattan resident, accidentally drove his car into the Hackensack River beneath the Pulaski Skyway in New Jersey, on the way to a doctor’s appointment in Livingston, following an appearance on the “JM in the AM” radio show on WFMU hosted by his son Nachum Segal.
Rabbi Segal, 91, was buried in Israel.
Israel Policy Forum to merge with progressive group? October 13th, 2009
For weeks rumors have circulated that the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), a pro-peace process group, was on the verge of shutting down – or merging with another organization.
This week there were reports that the group may merge with the Center for American Progress, a group that defines itself as “a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action.